July 8, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – July 8, 2019

A bill to stop the revolving door in Congress, new dark money laws in New Jersey, and Oregon passes a slew of new campaign finance and ethics legislation in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

A bill to stop the revolving door in Congress, new dark money laws in New Jersey, and Oregon passes a slew of new campaign finance and ethics legislation in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

July 8, 2019 •

Oklahoma Gov. Extends Restrictions on Contract Lobbyists

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order on July 5 instructing state agencies to end the practice of hiring outside firms to lobby the Legislature. Executive Order 2019-29 prohibits all state agencies from entering or extending any contracts with lobbyists […]

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order on July 5 instructing state agencies to end the practice of hiring outside firms to lobby the Legislature.

Executive Order 2019-29 prohibits all state agencies from entering or extending any contracts with lobbyists without securing written approval from one of Stitt’s cabinet secretaries.

Stitt stated in the executive order that the practice of expending taxpayers’ money on the hiring of outside lobbyists to lobby on behalf of a state agency was not a proper use of state funds.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

July 8, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Steve Bullock Hates ‘Dark Money.’ But a Lobbyist for ‘Dark Money’ Donors Is Helping His Campaign.” by Laura Zornosa for Center for Public Integrity California: “State’s Top Insurance Regulator Accepted Tens of Thousands of Dollars from Industry […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Steve Bullock Hates ‘Dark Money.’ But a Lobbyist for ‘Dark Money’ Donors Is Helping His Campaign.” by Laura Zornosa for Center for Public Integrity

California: “State’s Top Insurance Regulator Accepted Tens of Thousands of Dollars from Industry Executives, Records Show” by Jeff McDonald for San Diego Union Tribune

Elections

National: “Democrats Grapple with a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It” by Reid Epstein (New York Times) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Justice Dept. to Replace Lawyers in Census Citizenship Question Case” by Michael Wines, Katie Benner, and Adam Liptak for New York Times

Virginia: “Former Del. Ron Villanueva Sentenced to 2½ Years in Prison for Defrauding Federal Government” by Scott Daugherty for The Virginian-Pilot

Washington DC: “D.C. Council Member Jack Evans Increasingly Isolated as FBI Probe Advances” by Peter Jamison and Paul Schwartzman for Washington Post

Legislative Issues

Oregon: “Political Theater Overshadows Policy; Some Fear Oregon’s Drift Toward D.C. Politics” by Connor Radnovich for Salem Statesman-Journal

Lobbying

Oklahoma: “Stitt Outlaws State Agency Lobbyist Hiring with Executive Order” by Keaton Ross (The Oklahoman) for Tulsa World

Continue Reading - 2 min read Close

July 4, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Connecticut: “They Love Public Financing. The Oversight, Not as Much.” by Mark Pazniokas for Connecticut Mirror Elections National: “It’s a Question No One Says They Want to Ask. But the Women Running for President Keep Hearing It.” by […]

Campaign Finance

Connecticut: “They Love Public Financing. The Oversight, Not as Much.” by Mark Pazniokas for Connecticut Mirror

Elections

National: “It’s a Question No One Says They Want to Ask. But the Women Running for President Keep Hearing It.” by Lisa Lerer for New York Times

National: “NRA Meltdown Has Trump Campaign Sweating” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico

National: “Trump Facebook Ads Use Models to Portray Actual Supporters” by Robert Condon for AP News

Ethics

National: “2020 Census Will Not Include Citizenship Question, DOJ Confirms” by Ann Marimow, Matt Zapotosky, and Tara Bahrampour (Washington Post) for Philadelphia Inquirer

National: “House Democrats Sue for Trump’s Tax Returns” by Brian Faler for Politico

Lobbying

California: “‘Big Soda’ Reaffirms Its Clout in California, Blocks 5 of 5 Bills on Sugary Beverages” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times

Procurement

Arizona: “A GOP Governor Wants to Cancel a Nike Contract after Flag-Shoe Flap, but the City It’s Headed for Isn’t Backing Down” by Eli Rosenberg and Michael Brice-Saddler (Washington Post) for Greenwich Time

Continue Reading - 2 min read Close

July 3, 2019 •

D.C. Mayor Signs Fair Elections Temporary Amendment Act of 2019

[CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser - by AFGE

Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Fair Elections Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 on July 1. The act amends the definition of a qualified small-dollar contribution to set a minimum value of cash or in-kind contributions at a value of $5. […]

Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Fair Elections Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 on July 1.

The act amends the definition of a qualified small-dollar contribution to set a minimum value of cash or in-kind contributions at a value of $5.

Following a 30 day period of congressional review, the act will become effective .

The act will expire 225 days after becoming effective.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

July 3, 2019 •

HUMBLE (Halt Unchecked Member Benefits with Lobbying Elimination) Act Introduced in U.S. Congress

A bill meant to permanently ban former members of Congress from lobbying the U.S. Legislature was introduced in the House on June 21 by U.S. Representative Angie Craig. House Bill 3419, the HUMBLE (Halt Unchecked Member Benefits with Lobbying Elimination) […]

A bill meant to permanently ban former members of Congress from lobbying the U.S. Legislature was introduced in the House on June 21 by U.S. Representative Angie Craig.

House Bill 3419, the HUMBLE (Halt Unchecked Member Benefits with Lobbying Elimination) Act, would prohibit former Members and elected officers of Congress from lobbying Congress at any time after leaving office.

The legislation also prohibits Members of the House of Representatives from owning individual stocks while in office.

Additionally, the bill prohibits use of government funds for first-class airline accommodations.

The bill also eliminates certain benefits currently available to former members of the House, such as access to parking, athletic facilities, and the House members’ dining room.

“A lifetime ban on lobbying will ensure that Congress is no longer a revolving door of influence, and banning individual stock ownership will cut down on conflicts of interest and show that Congress has its priorities straight so that we can advocate for policies that will improve lives and expand economic opportunity for every Minnesotan,” said Craig in her press release.

Continue Reading - 2 min read Close

July 3, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Welcome to 2020, the Era of Crowdfunded Presidential Debates” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post Ethics National: “Journalists, Pundits and Retired Politicians Put on a Show for Lobbyists” by Andrew Perez, Abigail Luke, and Tom […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Welcome to 2020, the Era of Crowdfunded Presidential Debates” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

Ethics

National: “Journalists, Pundits and Retired Politicians Put on a Show for Lobbyists” by Andrew Perez, Abigail Luke, and Tom Zelina for MAPLight.org

California: “Santa Cruz County Raises Campaign Finance Cap, No Longer State’s Strictest” by Nicholas Ibarra for Santa Cruz Sentinel

New Mexico: “Ethics Commission Is Getting Started” by T.S. Last for Albuquerque Journal

Pennsylvania: “Ex-Mayor Pleads Guilty to Corruption Day After Resignation” by Mark Scolforo for AP News

Lobbying

National: “Gregory Craig Preps for Trial Tightrope in Foreign Agent Case” by Andrew Strickler for Law.com

National: “Ukraine Role Focuses New Attention on Giuliani’s Foreign Work” by Kenneth Vogel for New York Times

Wyoming: “Wyoming Tribe Funded Effort to Kill Gambling Regulations; Sides Dispute Who Created the Group” by Nick Reynolds for Casper Star-Tribune

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

July 2, 2019 •

Arizona Removes Notarization Requirement From Lobbying Forms

Arizona State Flag

The Arizona Secretary of State sent out communication this week regarding updates to the lobbyist filing and registration process. Senate Bill 1261, passed by the Legislature this year, removes all notarization requirements from lobbying forms. Updated forms reflecting the elimination […]

The Arizona Secretary of State sent out communication this week regarding updates to the lobbyist filing and registration process.

Senate Bill 1261, passed by the Legislature this year, removes all notarization requirements from lobbying forms.

Updated forms reflecting the elimination of notarization will be put on the state website.

Forms will also be sent to registered lobbyists in advance of the bill’s effective date on August 27, 2019.

The Arizona Secretary of State is also working to implement an online payment portal.

More information about the payment portal is forthcoming.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

July 2, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Oregon: “Legislature Sends Ballot Initiative to Voters Setting Stage for Campaign Donation Limits” by Rob Davis for Portland Oregonian Elections National: “‘The Enigma of the Entire Mueller Probe’: Focus on origins of Russian investigation puts spotlight on Maltese […]

Campaign Finance

Oregon: “Legislature Sends Ballot Initiative to Voters Setting Stage for Campaign Donation Limits” by Rob Davis for Portland Oregonian

Elections

National: “‘The Enigma of the Entire Mueller Probe’: Focus on origins of Russian investigation puts spotlight on Maltese professor” by Rosalind Helderman, Shane Harris, and Ellen Nakashima (Washington Post) for MSN

Florida: “Florida Limits Ex-Felon Voting, Prompting a Lawsuit and Cries of ‘Poll Tax’” by Patricia Mazzei (New York Times) for MSN

Louisiana: “Big Changes Coming? Record Number of Women Are Running for the Louisiana Legislature” by Mark Ballard for New Orleans Advocate

Missouri: “Meet the Consultant Who Got Stenger Elected, and Why He’s Still ‘Proud’ He Won” by Jacob Barker for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ethics

Florida: “City Ethics Board Mulls Pulling Plug on TV Cameras for Off-Topic Comments” by Jeff Burlew for Tallahassee Democrat

North Dakota: “Legislator as Landlord: Financial disclosures don’t highlight state agency leases with North Dakota elected officials” by John Hageman for Jamestown Sun

Utah: “Salt Lake City Senator Requested Money for Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts Without Disclosing That He Sits on Its Board” by Taylor Stevens for Salt Lake Tribune

Continue Reading - 2 min read Close

July 1, 2019 •

Delaware General Assembly Adjourns Spring Session

Delaware Capitol Building

The 150th General Assembly adjourned for spring just after 1 a.m. on July 1. Traditionally, the General Assembly remains until midnight strikes on July 1 because the constitution restricts lawmakers from entering into a special session after June 30 unless […]

The 150th General Assembly adjourned for spring just after 1 a.m. on July 1.

Traditionally, the General Assembly remains until midnight strikes on July 1 because the constitution restricts lawmakers from entering into a special session after June 30 unless the session is recalled by the governor or the mutual call of both Houses.

Ending the session in the early hours of July 1 gives legislators the opportunity to go back into session before the regularly scheduled gathering in January without being summoned by the governor.

Legislation not passed by July 1 can be picked up in the next six months or when lawmakers return to the capitol on January 14, 2020.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

July 1, 2019 •

Oregon Legislature Passes Campaign Finance Bills Before Adjourning

Oregon Capitol Building

The Oregon Legislature adjourned on June 30, pushing through over 100 bills. The Senate passed two campaign finance bills and a resolution to limit the amount of money flowing into Oregon politics and improve transparency in the election process. House […]

The Oregon Legislature adjourned on June 30, pushing through over 100 bills.

The Senate passed two campaign finance bills and a resolution to limit the amount of money flowing into Oregon politics and improve transparency in the election process.

House Bill 2716 requires communications made in support of or opposition to a candidate or measure to identify who paid for them.

House Bill 2983 builds on the transparency requirements set up in House Bill 2716.

The bill requires qualifying organizations making political expenditures file a donor identification list identifying donors making donations above $10,000 during the election cycle with the Office of the Secretary of State .

Senate Joint Resolution 18 proposes an amendment to the Oregon Constitution authorizing adoption of state and local laws requiring campaign finance related disclosures.

The proposed amendment would also authorize limiting political contributions and expenditures.

The resolution will send to voters the question of amending the state Constitution to allow governing bodies to pass laws on campaign finance.

House Bill 3377 was also passed, requiring registered lobbyists to attend annual training beginning in 2021.

The bill directs lobbyists to certify training attendance to the Oregon Ethics Commission and the commission to report lobbyist training attendance to a legislative equity officer.

Continue Reading - 2 min read Close

July 1, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “The Nationwide Battle Over Gerrymandering Is Far from Over” by Steven Shepard and Scott Bland for Politico Ethics National: “Twitter Adds Labels for Tweets That Break Its Rules – a Move with Potentially Stark Implications for Trump’s Account” […]

Elections

National: “The Nationwide Battle Over Gerrymandering Is Far from Over” by Steven Shepard and Scott Bland for Politico

Ethics

National: “Twitter Adds Labels for Tweets That Break Its Rules – a Move with Potentially Stark Implications for Trump’s Account” by Elizabeth Gwoskin and Tony Romm (Washington Post) for Boston Globe

National: “Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Affairs with Congressional Staff Raise Sexual Harassment Concerns” by Emily Kopp for Roll Call

National: “Ethics Panel Launches Gaetz Investigation Over Cohen Tweet” by Kyle Cheney for Politico

New Jersey: “U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Bridgegate Appeal. Stunning Move Keeps Alive Case That Dogged Christie.” by Ted Sherman (NJ Advance Media) for Newark Star Ledger

Washington DC: “Metro Has Received Two Federal Subpoenas in Jack Evans Investigation” by Robert McCartney for Washington Post

Lobbying

Texas: “How a Longtime Aide to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Became a Top Lobbyist” by Asher Price for Austin American-Statesman

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

June 28, 2019 •

North Dakota Closer to Forming Ethics Commission

North Dakota Capitol Building

The Ethics Commission Selection Committee narrowed down the field of candidates from 24 to 17. However, the July 1 deadline is being pushed back. Gov. Doug Burgum stated there will be two more meetings in July to reach the final […]

The Ethics Commission Selection Committee narrowed down the field of candidates from 24 to 17.

However, the July 1 deadline is being pushed back.

Gov. Doug Burgum stated there will be two more meetings in July to reach the final five candidates.

In order to be appointed to the ethics commission, a candidate must be unanimously approved by the governor, senate majority leader, and senate minority leader.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close

June 27, 2019 •

Tennessee Calls Special Session on August 23

Tennessee Capitol Building

Gov. Bill Lee announced that the General Assembly will convene for a special session on August 23. Lee released a statement on June 27 announcing that the primary purpose of the special session is to select a new Speaker of […]

Gov. Bill Lee announced that the General Assembly will convene for a special session on August 23.

Lee released a statement on June 27 announcing that the primary purpose of the special session is to select a new Speaker of the House following Glen Casada’s resignation.

In addition, Lee has asked the General Assembly to take up approval of recent amendments to the Supreme Court rules.

Continue Reading - 1 min read Close